Imatra in figures
- Founded in 1948
- Became a city in 1971
- Total area on 1 January 2017: 191.3 km²
- (Land 155.0 km², water 36.3 km²)
- Population on 31 December 2016: 27,517
- The city employs approximately 860 people.
- Largest employers: City of Imatra, Stora Enso Oyj, Ovako Imatra Oy Ab and the Finnish Border Guard
- Income tax rate in 2018: 20.00
For more statistical information, please visit the Statistics page.
Imatra is located in southeast Finland, close to the Russian border. The city of Svetogorsk is located on the Russian side just 7 kilometres from the centre of Imatra. The distance between St Petersburg and Imatra is 210 kilometres and the distance between Helsinki and Imatra is 256 kilometres.
The River Vuoksi flows through the city of Imatra, offering excellent opportunities for fishing all year long. Vuoksi does not freeze over even in winter. The river is surrounded by the most beautiful running and biking trails in all of Finland, and you can spot dozens of bird species on its shores. In the west, Imatra borders Lake Saimaa, which means that you can sail through the Saimaa channel from Imatra all the way to the Gulf of Finland. A busy marina is located on Lake Saimaa in Ukonniemi, next to Imatra Spa.
The Imatrankoski Rapids
Imatrankoski, or the Imatrankoski Rapids, has been the most prominent tourist attraction in Imatra for hundreds of years. At the beginning of the 20th century, Imatrankoski was the most popular tourist attraction in Finland and Imatran Valtionhotelli (the state hotel in Imatra) was erected on the shore of the rapids. Imatrankoski is permanently lit, which means that you can marvel at it all year round. In the summer, the rapids foam daily.
Imatra is home to two large wood processing plants, the Kaukopää and Tainionkoski factories owned by Stora Enso Oyj. The Imatra power plant (Imatrankosken voimalaitos) located in the centre of Imatra on the rapids was the largest of its kind in Finland when it was completed in 1929. In the summer, the plant is open to tourists. The Oy Ovako Bar Ab steel mill is also located in Imatra.
Imatra is also a border town, with an international border crossing. Beyond the border, only a few kilometres away, is the city of Svetogorsk (formerly the Enso population centre), with whom Imatra is in close cooperation.